We started with breakfast at Hideaway Bakery, followed by a walk around Hendricks Park (which is far less exciting when the rhododendrons aren’t in bloom). Then we took a trip to Sweet Cheeks Winery to enjoy a picnic and mimosa Sundays.
After filling up on mimosas and snacks, we headed to Spencer Butte for a hike. For the record, I wouldn’t recommend hiking after mimosas. I’d recommend napping.
Generally, when we hike Spencer Butte, we do a 6-ish mile hike from the Willamette Trailhead. We wanted something a little faster this time around, so we opted for a 2-mile hike from the South Willamette Trailhead. Now, we thought that a shorter route would start a little further up the mountain. It turns out that the route was 4 miles shorter because it just goes straight up the side of Spencer Butte. Whoops. So we panted through a 700-foot straight climb. Luckily, the view from the top was the clearest we’ve ever seen it, so I can almost say it was worth the sweat.
We took the longer way down the butte to avoid sliding straight down the side, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing with some well-deserved ice cream.
We’re so glad we could host Eric’s parents for a few days! The Ringer B&B is always open for visitors (hint, hint, friends and family)!